On Thursday, July 9, 2015, thirty one (31) students from the Springboard Training and Development Centre were interviewed by representatives of Carnival Cruise Lines.
Thirty (30) were successful and were offered skilled positions on the Cruise Ship. During the week before, twenty six (26) students were interviewed. Twenty two (22) were successful and are currently preparing to take up employment on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is exceedingly pleased by the latest news from Springboard. Dr. Anthony says every single job that is created counts in this difficult environment. The Prime Minister said,
“I am elated that another Government supported Programme is bearing fruit. When the Cruise Ship Employment Programme was introduced in the 2013/2014 Budget, the Opposition went on an elaborate campaign to discredit the Programme and planted fear in the minds of Saint Lucians. I recall an article in one of the local newspapers and an interview by Allen Chastanet, casting doubt and suggesting that no such agreement existed with Carnival Cruise Lines.
I am advised that 420 Saint Lucians have gained jobs on Carnival Cruises since the commencement of this Programme. In 2015 alone, 160 young people have been offered jobs with Carnival Cruises.
The officials at Springboard have advised that approximately 130 more young people will be trained and employed under this Programme by December 2015.
Job creation remains a priority for the Government. Hence the Government’s focus on such programmes and other initiatives such as NICE.
I wish to congratulate the Springboard Training and Development Centre and their partners, as well as all the young people who have been given an opportunity to work with Carnival.”
The Prime Minister disclosed that the Government will also work closely with MAMPA, another agency recruiting Saint Lucians to work on cruise ships, to expand access and opportunities for employment.
Springboard Training and Development Centre continues to train young people for skilled positions with Carnival Cruise Lines. The Centre can be reached at 450-0198.
MAMPA can also be contacted at 451-6163.